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Born: December 4, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Grove City, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, playwright, dresser

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An Emmy Award-winning actress for her portrayal of Nancy Weston on the hit drama "Thirtysomething," Patricia Wettig solidified a nuanced acting career on both stage and screen. Known for the warmth and sensitivity she brought to her roles, this blue-eyed actress most recently appeared on the Fox drama "Prison Break" and also garnered attention for her work as a playwright.Born Dec. 4, 1951 in Grove City, PA, Wettig attended Temple University in Philadelphia and went on to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York. While pursuing theater work, Wettig worked as a personal dresser to accomplished stage and screen actress Shirley MacLaine. As a member of the Circle Repertory Company in New York, Wettig appeared in stage productions of "The Wool Gatherer," "A Tale Told," and "The Diviner" opposite William Hurt.In 1982, Wettig met husband and later "Thirtysomething" co-star Ken Olin en route to a New Hampshire production of the Tennessee Williams play, "A Streetcar Named Desire," in which both actors starred. Though both Wettig and Olin were in other relationships at the time, they ended up marrying later that year at her Connecticut home.Wettig began her screen acting...

An Emmy Award-winning actress for her portrayal of Nancy Weston on the hit drama "Thirtysomething," Patricia Wettig solidified a nuanced acting career on both stage and screen. Known for the warmth and sensitivity she brought to her roles, this blue-eyed actress most recently appeared on the Fox drama "Prison Break" and also garnered attention for her work as a playwright.

Born Dec. 4, 1951 in Grove City, PA, Wettig attended Temple University in Philadelphia and went on to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York. While pursuing theater work, Wettig worked as a personal dresser to accomplished stage and screen actress Shirley MacLaine. As a member of the Circle Repertory Company in New York, Wettig appeared in stage productions of "The Wool Gatherer," "A Tale Told," and "The Diviner" opposite William Hurt.

In 1982, Wettig met husband and later "Thirtysomething" co-star Ken Olin en route to a New Hampshire production of the Tennessee Williams play, "A Streetcar Named Desire," in which both actors starred. Though both Wettig and Olin were in other relationships at the time, they ended up marrying later that year at her Connecticut home.

Wettig began her screen acting career in the early 1980's with a series of small television roles on shows such as "Remington Steele" (NBC, 1982-87), "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87), and "Stingray" (NBC, 1986-87). In 1986, she landed her first major recurring role on "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88). Next came Wettig's career high mark up - she was cast as series regular Nancy Krieger Weston on the popular, yuppie Ed Zwick and Marshall Heskovitz drama, "Thirtysomething" (ABC, 1987-1991). Wettig's role as the cancer-stricken Weston won her three Emmy awards and one Golden Globe.

Branching out from television, Wettig made her big screen debut in the film "Guilty By Suspicion" in 1991, before starring opposite Billy Crystal in the comedy "City Slickers" (1991) and in the film "Me and Veronica"(1992). She later reprised her role as Billy Crystal's wife in the sequel, "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold" (1994). The actress also appeared in a series of TV movies including Stephen King's "The Langoliers" (1995), "Nothing But the Truth" (1995), and "Kansas" (1995). In 1998 Wettig won small roles in two independent films, "Dancer, Texas Pop. 81" and "Nightmare in Big Sky Country."

Returning to series television work in 1998, Wettig appeared in a recurring role on "L.A. Doctors" (CBS, 1998-99), as the love interest to her real-life husband Olin. She went on to star in episodes of "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), "Breaking News" (Bravo, 2002), and "Boomtown" (NBC, 2002-03). In 2004, Wettig found herself working opposite her husband once again, this time with Olin behind the camera; she was cast as psycho-therapist Dr. Judy Barnett on the hit ABC series "Alias" (ABC, 2001- ).

Taking time off to raise her two children, Clifford and Roxanne, Wettig returned to school to study writing; she earned her M.F.A. in playwriting from Smith College in 2001. Shifting focus to a career in writing, Wettig penned the play "My Andy", about Andy Warhol's relationship with his mother. "My Andy" earned Wettig a finalist position for the 2005 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, a writing award honoring outstanding English-language plays written by women.

In 2005, Wettig returned to acting with a role on the Fox series "Prison Break" (2005- ). Playing against type, the actress portrayed the manipulative and calculating Vice President Caroline Reynolds.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lackawanna Blues (2005) Cast
2.
 Bongwater (1998)
3.
 Nightmare in Big Sky Country (1998) Marty Bethel
4.
 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998) Mrs Lusk
5.
 Kansas (1995) Virginia Farley
6.
 Nothing But the Truth (1995) Jill Ross
7.
8.
 Parallel Lives (1994) Rebecca Stone
9.
 Me & Veronica (1993) Veronica
10.
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Moved to New York City to begin stage career; as a member of Circle Repertory Company appeared in such productions as "The Wool Gatherer", "A Tale Told", and, opposite William Hurt, "The Diviner"
1982:
Played featured role in CBS crime drama pilot, "Parole"
1987:
Appeared as Nancy Weston on ABC's serial drama, "thirtysomething"
1991:
Made feature film debut in "Guilty By Suspicion"
1991:
Co-starred in "City Slickers"
1992:
Had lead as a rape victim in the CBS TV-movie "Taking Back My Life"
1994:
Reprised her role in the sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"
1995:
Garnered praise for appearance in the unsold pilot "Kansas" (ABC)
1995:
Portrayed a judge in the short-lived CBS series "Courthouse"
1998:
Had featured role in "Dancer, Texas"
1998:
Recurring role on "L.A. Doctors," (CBS) as love interest to Dr. Roger Cattan, played by her husband and former thirtysomething co-star Ken Olin
2001:
Made debut as playwright at a summer theater festival in NYC
2002:
Recurring role of CIA psycho-therapist Dr. Judy Barnett on "Alias," which was produced and directed by her husband Ken Olin
2005:
Portrayed Vice President Caroline Reynolds on the Fox television drama "Prison Break"
2005:
Cast in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues"
2006:
Cast on the ABC drama, "Brothers & Sisters"
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Education

Ohio Wesleyan University: Delaware , Ohio -
University of Aberdeen: -
Temple University: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Smith College: Northampton , Massachusetts - 2001
Smith College: Northampton , Massachusetts - 2001

Notes

Has also made television appearances on such series as "St. Elsewhere", "Police Story" (in story, "Cop Killer" opposite husband Ken Olin) and "L.A. Law"

She is a recipient with Ken Olin of the first Humanitarian Award from the Friends of the Wellness Community-Westside.

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husband:
Ken Olin. Actor. Born on July 30, 1955; met in 1982 when they acted together on stage in "A Streetcar Named Desire"; married three months later in 1982; one of her co-stars on "thirtysomething" (though the characters they played were each married to other people); also acted together on "L.A. Doctors".

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son:
Clifford Olin. Born c. 1983; father, Ken Olin.
daughter:
Roxanne Elizabeth Olin. Born on November 5, 1985; father, Ken Olin.

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